Archive for the ‘Eden Valley’ category

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2002

April 25, 2008

To say that I turned to The Contours after I run out of Grossets would unjustly declassify this Riesling which I regard as one of the country’s best. What I like about Eden Valley Rieslings in general is that they are more approachable when young than their Clare Valley cousins. That doesn’t neccesarily mean that top wines from outstanding vintages don’t age well, as shown by The Contours. The best part is that you can’t be tempted to drink this wine too young as the 2002 is only released about half a year ago. The depth and concentration of aromas and flavours in this yellow golden wine is superb, showing crisp lime and citrus complemented by hints of flowers, spice and toast following through on a palate with subtle, delicate fruit flavours balanced by powerful mineral acidity. This wine will last at least another 10 years and at about $30 dollars I wouldn’t hesitate to put a case in your cellar. 94 points

Source: Samuel Smith & Son  Price: $30  Drink: Now-2015+

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Mesh Riesling 2007

April 18, 2008

Clare meets Eden Valley in this joint-venture between Jeffrey Grosset and Robert Hill Smith. Although this label hasn’t got the same pedigree as its contributors own wines, it certainly is one of Australia’s Rieslings with high potential, clearly demonstrated in vintages as 2002 and 2005. Under the more challenging circumstances of last year it proves to have class indeed although I always expect that little bit extra from this wine. For Riesling that means purity, precision, line and lenght. The intensity of lemon and lime in this pale straw wine dominates nose and palate, complemented by hints of riper varietal characters as candied orange, flowers and spice. Succulent, open and textural it seems to concentrate its virtues predominantly on the front and the middle of the palate leaving me with the impression that great lenght and persistance are only to be found in those exceptional vintages from the past. So don’t keep this one in the cellar too long but drink it while it’s young and fresh. 90 points

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $30  Drink: Now-2010

Karra Yerta Eden Valley Riesling 2007

March 25, 2008

img_4200.jpgRiesling is for the Eden Valley what Shiraz is for the Barossa. This variety has in fact become a synonym for this region where it performs on the central stage with great finesse and balance. The historical close relationship between the two is clearly shown by the establishment of the Pewsey Vale vineyard by Joseph Gilbert in 1847 as most famous and oldest example, while others as Leo Buring, Heggies, Henschke and Peter Lehmann followed more than a century later. Amongst those big names I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem from Karra Yerta, a winery with a tiny vineyard originally planted in the early 20th century by the same family that planted Chris Ringland’s Three Rivers vineyard. After an era of decline present owners James and Marie Linke decided to revive the old vineyard including 0.40 hectare of Muscat Blanc, 0.60 hectare of Semillon, 0.43 hectare of Shiraz and 0.49 hectare of Riesling. Saved for wineloving mankind this has turned out to be a wise decision as the 75 years-old Riesling vines produces wines that are truly outstanding. The 2007 Riesling shows a brilliantly intense nose of lime, citrus with apple, peach and hints of spice adding background and complexity. The warm and dry vintage conditions are absorbed remarkably well on a palate that is positively open and fleshed out without losing its wonderful linear acidity. A fantastic wine that already presents about everything you’ll like to see from this variety although it can be cellared for at least another 5 years with confidence. 92 points

Source: Winery Sample  Price: $20  Drink: Now-2013+

Web: www.karrayertawines.com.au